Jamie Fraser - honourable, loyal and the PERFECT HERO! Who could turn away a man that will do anything to protect you - arrrgghhh....
Davina Porter has set the bar for all narrators I scrutinize before purchasing audiobooks - and that is set extremely high! Her range of character voices really gave creedence to the story. It was very easy to follow the story, with her careful storytelling. The only thing I found annoying was an echo that emitted a quiet repeat of her narrating and coughing by someone else (during recording) in the background now and again.
Many...many... this is the only audiobook to generate all feelings of emotion for me (so far) - tears, awe, sadness, happiness, thrill, fear...it's all in here...!!
Definitely stumbled across this book by accident, and a blessing to have discovered the series... I couldn't stop listening, purchasing credits before my monthly one was due in - unable to wait to get the next book!
The book started out pretty well and then the author added in a second romance and it got kind of weird. First, I would have preferred if the story just focused on the protagonist's efforts to get back to her own time. Secondly, when the 2nd romance is added in she went from a strong independent woman to a submissive wife, I preferred the earlier version of Claire. Third, many of the encounters between Jamie and Claire are marital rape. Very creepy. I don't care that it's historical fiction, it's creepy.
She was very good at all the character voices. She gave each character a distinct voice, which must have been difficult given the large cast of characters.
I don't know - the first part is good and the narrator is great but it just got long and weird.
This is one of the best stories I've listened to so far. I can't wait to get into the next book in the series. It's a fascinating look into what life might have been like in that time. It's also a wonderful love story. There's lots of action & interesting characters. I really like the narrator's performance - the accents fit the characters & she has lots of expression, emotion. It's totally opposite of boring. She draws you into the story as if you are there as things happen. She pronounces some of the words differently than I would, but overall I love the performance & will definitely look for more books that she narrates.
The only downside to the book is some background noise during parts of the book - you can hear other voices in the background- not loud enough to understand what is said, but loud enough to be distracting & annoying. I think it's possibly other books being recorded. Luckily, it's only there a few times, for a short span each time.
The amazing detail Diana Gabaldon puts into every chapter is excellent, from clothing to medical practices
It has a richness of detail comparable to James Michener Hawaii and The Source
Her voices and french accent are amazing!
It has wonderfully funny scenes and comentary by many characters, as well as heart rending events that make the reader cry
The sounds quality is not perfect, it has a low background hiss that can be distracting.
I've read this book in paperback twice. When reading a book I find myself speed reading if interested in the story because I want to find out what happens in the end and therefore I miss many of the small details. Listening to this audio book brought this story to life and I heard all the little details I missed before. Davina Porter's reading is so powerful and her voices, accents and inflections truly bring the characters to life. This audio recording is one of the best I've heard and is truly theatre of the mind. A great audio reading for both men and women, but in particular if for women who like sci-fi and romance.
I'm not going into details of the story. You'll have to find out for yourself. You won't be disappointed!
There were many to mention here. It's one after another that keeps me captivated and wanting more.
Again there were so many it's hard to say which one was my favorite.
Absolutly. I had difficulty during the work day because all I wanted to do was listen and the thought of having to turn it off to do to the office was devistating. Couldn't wait for the weekend and listened for hours and hours while doing my gardening and house cleaning chores. I find myself foregoing watching television to listen in the evenings. Who needs all the commericals and mindless "I'm so bored with all the tv programs" I'm changing the channel constantly when I have this book playing. Already started the second one in the series and don't know what I'll do when I've finished the very last one.This book series is a definate must read!!!!!!
I would heartily recommend this book to all of my friends who love "bodice rippers". If you like books that contain any paragraphs detailing "the swell of her breast", you're gonna love this.
Totally disappointing and unexpected ending, like the author just ran out of gas and didn't care anymore after the humongous effort of filling all those pages.
Her diction, and her ability to switch voices quickly and reliably.
Never read another Gabaldon book.
This book was very Follett-esque: Like Pillars of the Earth, Outlander began with a marvelous idea for a story and then got bogged down with the notion that the reader will only stay interested if every 12th page contains a cheesy sex scene designed more to make 13 year old girls giggle than to enhance the story line. The other thing that disappointed me was the sassy and cynical tone of Claire's dialogue. No woman transported to an earlier time who was so repeatedly put in danger of losing life and limb would be such a trash-talker.
The dialogue. Tremendous use of language. The narrator pegged it big time!
Beautiful descriptions. Plenty of tension and feeling.
The time travel was very believable. Some aspects of the book were a little controversial to some, but it reflects the time period. "Politically correct" and "gender equality" were not terms of this time period.
I didn't particularly care for this book. The idea of the book sounded really good, but there is way too much sex in the first part of the book. Seems like every 15 minutes the two main characters are having sex. Maybe it is just jealousy that they are having way more sex than I am. I am not against sex or sex in books, just thought it was too much of a theme.
The story is a good concept, just not my style.
For readers of romance I am sure this is a great title to have in your collection. Just not my cup of tea.
but now I do :) Surprising to me that I could love a sci-fi love story...
After listening to the Game of Thrones series- twice, I never thought I could love another series, but I'm loving this series. Davina Porter is such a great reader, and I love the story and the characters....so grateful! yay Jamie and Claire!